Malcolm’s Dragons, a finished quilt

Or dinosaurs, or Godzilla if you’re quite particular. I doubt a newborn baby will be huffy about dragons vs dinosaurs (or even know about Godzilla) at this point.

This quilt was joyous to make and I’m just so thrilled with the results. I hope the new parents like it even half as much as I do.

My theme for this quilt was “navy blue and dragons” which was an excellent starting place.

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For the back I used some of my entire bolt of slightly irregular Dr Seuss stripes.

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This bit’s for my own interest. In a 30″ square quilt with only nine blocks how many fabrics did I use? Every single bit was scraps or stash, including the batting, backing, and binding. So where did it all come from?

  • guild challenge fabric (from the brand new MQG Riley Blake challenge): 2
  • free from a friend: 1
  • from the scraps of famous quilters: 4 fabrics (from two quilters)
  • birthday fabrics from my sister last year: 2
  • bought new but randomly, ie for no purpose at some point in the past: 3
  • purchased scraps: 3
  • leftovers from previous quilts I made: 12 different quilts!
  • leftovers from previous projects: 4

 

A thoughtful touch in the centre block: the baby’s initials, fussy cut from an alphabet fabric. The multi coloured dot below it was the lining for my nearly eleven year old’s first coat, made way back in 2008.

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Quilt Stats:

Title: Dragons for Malcom

Lifetime quilt no.: 74

Started: February 22, 2018

Finished: March 2, 2018

Size: 30″x30″

Pattern used: inspired by this pattern from Latifah Saafir (among many other improv log cabins)

Number of pieces: 119

Quilting: straight line walking foot quilting with blue and orange Bottom Line thread from Superior, and a variegated blue 30wt from Sulky in a sort of randomish but totally planned irregular grid.

Binding: sewn to the BACK, then brought to the front and stitched with a 12wt yellow/orange/white/red variegated Aurifil I’ve had forrrrevvvver. Used Cheryl Arkison’s mitred corners technique which is newish to me but I am becoming a convert.

 

Front of the quilt on the left, back of the quilt with awesome stitching in the ditch on the right.

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This was a fast project and was only blogged once during the process.

Linking up with Finish it up Friday, Sew Fresh Quilts and My Quilt Infatuation! Happy weekend everyone.

 

 

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In progress, a baby quilt

Friends who are also neighbours of my sister, and whom I’ve known long enough to be casual friends? good acquaintances? had a baby last week. I knew the baby was coming (because really, who is surprised by a baby’s arrival?!) but I procrastinate and I’m busy but I finally got down to it. My sister said I didn’t need to make them a quilt but I was all “pshaw, I’m a quilter and that’s what I do, so step off!*”

I asked for details in the casual way quilters have, and was told:

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I have this fabric, given to me by my sister. It was the best of the bunch she gave me for my birthday last year.

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These are dragon-esque right?

I did a preliminary fabric pull which was so exciting. I love fabric! All the fabric!

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But I calmed down and refined my pull. It is just a baby quilt after all, not a king size quilt.

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I started five blocks and was unsure of how to proceed. I love having digital cameras handy to evaluate options.

Option 1 on the left with nine blocks and option 2 on the right, five blocks with rail fence blocks as spacers. 

I had Sunday off so I made four more blocks and was able to complete the top, baste and quilt it. Now I need to do the binding, label it and mail it!

Since this is all scraps, I’m linking up with Quilting is More Fun than Housework!  

 

*I totally love my sister. I think she was trying to save me some work. I’m excited about having a reason to make a quilt. I hope one day she’ll understand.

A Humorous Interjection

I found it!!

Remember this quilt?

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You can read more about it HERE. But this one has 1,800 unique print fabrics on it. It should have 1,801 print fabrics but there is one duplicate. I left it in when I was making this but over the years I forgot where the second piece was. Considering I use this quilt for about 5 months a year I should have found it already.

Today was the day!

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Can you see those? I’ll zoom in for you.

Same weird background of green and purple “threads.” And yes, that is a cat in a Christmas hat near some early Denyse Schmidt fabric.

Tidy-up time

The fun thing (or one of the fun things) about teaching is you can check the store’s scrap basket every week. So I’ve had a few weeks of scraps building up, as well as yardage for binding several quilts, and leftovers from ahem, several projects going back a few months. So I did a sort and tidy this afternoon and feel better for it.

I know the online world is all “pictures or it didn’t happen” but I just didn’t take any. Picture a random but sort of tidy pile of scraps. Got it? Yes! That’s exactly what it looked like!

It was very gratifying to finally nail down what I keep/sort and how I sort it:

  • selvedges (not that I’ve ever used them but it’s JUST IN CASE)
  • strings/strips (ditto, but I have plans)
  • tiny scraps, less than 2.5″ square which I will probably stop saving and will send to someone if you are interested
  • 2.5″ squares (LOVE these so much!)
  • small-ish scraps (generally around 5″ square or smaller but bigger than everything mentioned up to now)
  • FQ or less than FQ but bigger than the small-ish scraps
  • bigger than FQ is “yardage”

Tomorrow I get to go to a quilt show (yay!) but I have to take my kids (boo¡). They are great but they do not love quilt shows. I have my bribes ready:

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One piece at the end of every row. Two if they behaved nicely. I have no shame.